The sound of one sport clapping (ok two then)
Ratings: Unable to attend stadiums, viewers turned to TV for a very odd viewing experience.
Last night Australia had its first real taste of watching favourite sporting events with empty stadiums as both AFL and NRL were broadcast on Seven and Nine, respectively.
It was an odd experience, relying on the distant shouts of AFL players for atmosphere, and Seven cleverly including social media vision of fans to give some context. NRL matches also benefited from their microphones on referees.
Thursday Night AFL drew 798,000 viewers which was up 8% on 2019 season opener. Thursday Night NRL was 307,000.
Self-isolating Gogglebox was the top entertainment drawcard at 604,000 for 10.
Seven News was #1 for the night at 1.1m / 944,000 defeating Nine News 994,000 / 968,000.
Seven network won Thursday with 32.9% then Nine 24.1%, 10 19.0%, ABC 15.9% and SBS 8.1%.
The Chase drew 532,000 / 359,000 for Seven then Home and Away (358,000 in 3 cities), Pooch Perfect was 218,000 / 47,000on two channels.
A Current Affair was 549,000 in cities for Nine followed by Hot Seat 500,000 / 449,000. RBT (204,000 in 3 cities) and a Nine News Special (255,000).
Ambulance Australia drew 463,000 for 10 then The Project (483,000 / 355,000), 10 News First (449,000 / 258,000) and a Hughesy repeat (220,000).
ABC News won its slot on 852,000 for ABC followed by 7:30 (708,000), Sammy J (366,000), Grand Designs Australia (299,000), The Heights (270,000), The Drum (217,000) and Would I Lie To You? (211,000).
On SBS it was Secrets Of Britain (191,000), SBS World News (145,000), The Kennedys: A Fatal Ambition (181,000), 24 Hours In Emergency (75,000) and Mastermind (62,000).
Bluey again led multichannels on 381,000.
The Morning Show: 145,000 / 105,000
Today Extra: 132,000 / 86,000
Studio 10: 53,000 / 48,000 / 38,000
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 19 March 2020